BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk 2.0
It’s distributed as a bootable floppy image
The OS is built around the BusyBox and uClibc software components, powered by a Linux 2.4 kernel optimized with the BG-Rescue Linux patch, and including the dosfstools, gpart, LILO, ms-sys and oneit_lite command-line tools.
Supports a wide range of hardware components
Supported hardware components include IDE, CD-ROM, ATAPI Disk, normal floppy disk and loopback block devices, VGA Text console, generic keyboard devices, ISA or PCI buses, parallel ports, as well as PLIP (Parallel Link) cable for networking.
Supports numerous file systems
While support for ISAPNP and Plug and Play is also included, the distribution supports the EXT2, EXT3, VFAT, RAMFS, TMPFS, ISO9660 and PROC file systems.
BusyBox contains a plethora of useful commands
BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk’s best feature is the BusyBox software, which contains a plethora of useful commands. Among these, we can mention ash, chattr, cat, chgrp, chown, chmod, cp, date, cut, dd, dmesg, df, du, e2label, e2fsck, echo, env, egrep, false, fgrep, fdisk, find, fsck, fsck.ext2, fsck.ext3, findfs and grep.
In addition, the gzip, gunzip, ifconfig, head, kill, loadkmap, ln, ls, losetup, lsattr, mkdir, md5sum, mke2fs, mkfs.ext2, mkfs.ext3, mkswap, mknod, mount, more, mv, ps, nc, pwd, rm, rmdir, reset, sed, sleep, sh, sort, swapon, swapoff, sync, tar, tail, test, true, touch, tty, tune2fs, uniq, umount, unzip, wc, vi, yes and zcat commands are also included.
It can be used to install Debian GNU/Linux or Windows
Another interesting feature is the ability to install a Debian GNU/Linux or an old Microsoft Windows operating system on a slow computer that uses only 4MB or RAM. More details about how to use BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk can be found on the project's homepage.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on August 7th, 2014
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- Updated the Linux kernel and dosfstools to the latest versions and added support for the filesystem cramfs and for the loopback device.
- Added plip support to be able to transfer data over a parallel-port Laplink cable. This makes is possible to use BG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk to install either an old windows version or a linux-2.4 Debian Linux version (eg Woody or Lenny) on an old 4MB-RAM computer which does not have or has an unsupported cdrom-drive.
- There is free ram of 1168kb and the total amount of free ram (free low ram + buffers + cached) is now 1556kb on a machine with 4MB of total ram.
- Added oneit_lite 1.0
Application descriptionBG-Tiny Linux Bootdisk is a Linux bootdisk that does not use a ramdisk, so it will run on computers with very little R...